You and your partner love your pets just as much as you love each other, so how can you NOT include your dogs, cats, or other companion animals in your wedding plans? If the idea of including your four-legged friends in your big day sounds good, but you’re not sure how to go about doing it right, check out these helpful tips based on advice from Martha Stewart…a famous expert on both pets AND weddings!
Make sure your pet’s personality is suited for a big event like a wedding. Take factors like the type of venue and number of guests into account. Shy animals may not enjoy all of the oohs, aahs, and extra attention.
Talk to everyone who will be involved in the ceremony and the reception beforehand, including guests, the person performing the ceremony, the proprietors of the ceremony and reception venues, and any vendors like caterers.
Pre-wedding prep for your pet should include a visit to the location ahead of time to become familiar with it, and a trip to the groomer’s shortly before the big day. Also, if your pet will be wearing clothes/accessories, be sure to give him plenty of time to get comfortable with them before the wedding.
Make sure all of the plants, flowers, and foods at your wedding are pet-safe. It’s always a good idea to enlist a friend to help monitor your fur kid around the food and decorations. Tell your friend to watch that the guests don’t slip too many rich treats to your pet.
Everyone who will be involved in caring for your dog while you’re occupied with other things should know how to properly control her with basic commands like “sit” and “stay.” Your dog should also be familiar with basic commands before the wedding.
Have a back-up plan in case of unexpected problems on the day of the wedding. Make sure your pet has a place to go if he won’t be going to the wedding after all.
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